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South Kitsap skateboard park backers say work will begin this summer

Port Orchard skateboard enthusiasts will soon have a new place to practice their moves - File photo
Port Orchard skateboard enthusiasts will soon have a new place to practice their moves
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Port Orchard Rotary members were treated to a presentation by South Kitsap Skate Park Association (SKSPA) at their regular luncheon meeting last Tuesday to garner support for the proposed skate park that backers say will soon be constructed in the South Kitsap Regional Park.

Leslie Reynolds Taylor and Mike VandenBergh of the SKSPA revealed the design plans for the new 25,000-square-foot, concrete, permanent, in-ground park.

The association was formed in 2006 by Taylor to give kids a place to hang out that was safe and to give them something to do.

The professionally designed “street” and “vert” park will also have the capacity for bicycle riders as well.

“This park will be a destination,” said Taylor. “What that means is not only will the local kids come here, but skaters from all over the state and the country will come here to skate this venue. As a parent, I’ve driven my child to as far away as Portland and Vancouver so that he can skate new terrain.

“Competitions alone will boost local economy and the kids need a safe, healthy environment,” Taylor added. “This park will promote healthy lifestyles through exercise instead of sitting in front of a television playing video games or hanging out on a computer all day.”

SKSPA teamed up with Kitsap County to acquire the site and hired Newline Skateparks to design it.

The skate park is now an element of the master park plan approved through a public hearing process.

Contracts are in the process of being finalized by the county with plans to begin construction in August.

“The association has received support from local volunteers, businesses and community organizations to raise funds and awareness of this project,” said Taylor.

The Rotary Club will discuss the possibility of donation at its next board meeting.

The SKSPA is still in need of funds to reach its goal of $100,000 in order to finally begin construction of this project.

To date members have raised more than $25,000.

For information on donating, contact SKSPA (360) 265-3301 or visit the website at www.skskatepark.com.

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